Michigan Innocence Clinic Client Richard Phillips Exonerated

Michigan Innocence Clinic Client Richard Phillips Exonerated

Michigan Innocence Clinic

Richard Dan Phillips waited anxiously Wednesday in the hallway of Frank Murphy Hall of Justice. It was a day he had hoped would come for more than four decades.

Phillips, 71, politely answered numerous reporters’ questions while waiting to be asked into the courtroom of Judge Kevin J. Cox in Wayne County Circuit Court. There, all charges against Phillips stemming from a 1971 homicide were dismissed — after he spent 45 years in prison for a crime he insists he didn’t commit.

“Freedom is giving me the hope that no matter what happens in the future, this is a good beginning,” Phillips said. Read more.